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I usually make enough to feed an army when I make dinner because I love leftovers as they can be used for lunches and other meals the following day and save me some time.
This is the first time in a while that I made a dish that had absolutely NO leftovers even though I made a ton!
With a garlicy gnocchi combined with crispy bacon, spinach in a decadent and flavourful Gouda cream sauce, I do not blame my family for licking the plate clean (me included!).
I have found a new favourite family dish and I have Ivanhoe Cheese to thank for this one.

Cheese is a treasure in our home (I especially love it with wine…), and cook with it often, so the type and brand you buy really makes a world of a difference when whipping up something delicious.
Ivanhoe has gained an enviable reputation for its high quality, aged cheddar and specialty cheeses. As the oldest cheese company of its kind in Canada, it still remains a local attraction in the hamlet of Ivanhoe.
In 2008, they joined Ontario’s largest dairy cooperative, Gay Lea Foods! Learn more about them at http://www.ivanhoecheese.com.

My family loved it so much that I didn’t even have to ask my hubby if he can take on the dishes that night.  My kids slept early that night too… wow!
Once again, I thank Gouda! No exaggerations, the Gouda Cream Sauce is heavenly.

Enjoy this delicious recipe using Ivanhoe’s Smoked Gouda Cheese and make it for dinner tonight!

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Garlic Gnocchi with Bacon, Spinach and Gouda Cream Sauce
A delicious and easy garlicy gnocchi recipe with bacon, spinach and a decadent and amazing Gouda Cream Sauce.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Packages of Pre-made and Fresh Potato Gnocchi
  2. 1 tbsp of Garlic Powder
  3. ½ lb bacon, cut into pieces
  4. ½ bag of fresh baby spinach leaves
For the Smoked Gouda Cream Sauce
  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  3. 1 ½ cups whole milk
  4. ¼ cup heavy cream
  5. ¼ pound Ivanhoe smoked gouda, coarsely shredded
  6. ½ teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  7. Pinch nutmeg
  8. Salt and Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. 1. Boil water in a pot and when boiling add Gnocchi (follow packaging instructions for cooking)
  2. 2. As the gnocchi cook, cook the bacon in a large skillet until nearly crisp, then add spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted. Transfer to a large bowl. Leave the drippings in and keep heat on medium, remove the gnocchi and put them into the hot skillet and sprinkle on the garlic powder, stirring until they begin to turn golden.
  3. Remove and add to the bowl with the spinach bacon mixture, toss to combine.
For the Sauce
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk over medium-high heat for 30 seconds. Add the milk and bring to a boil, whisking constantly.
  2. Cook over medium heat, whisking until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cream, smoked Gouda, paprika and nutmeg and whisk until the cheese melts. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit more milk or cream to thin it and whisk to combine. When you reach the desired consistency, pour over the gnocchi and serve.
Adapted from Host the Toast
Adapted from Host the Toast
CAC http://carolaucourant.com/

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Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

39 Comments on Recipe: Garlic Gnocchi with Bacon, Spinach and Gouda Cream Sauce

  1. I’ve pinned this for potluck (and general dinner) ideas. I often find gnocchi to be really bland if it’s not flavoured properly. But this looks really delicious.

  2. We enjoyed this again on the weekend,my mom a fussy eater at 91…..flatten her’s in minutes and asked for the recipe

  3. I gave this recipe to my daughter awhile back and she surprised us with it for dinner last night….it was amazingly delicious

  4. this looks so delicious I would like to try this BUT not sure if my kids would eat it Which means I may have to eat it all 🙂

  5. This looks delicious, I have never tried gnocchi, maybe it would be something my picky eater would like, especially with the cheese and bacon.

  6. This looks and sounds amazing, I am sure there wouldn’t be any leftovers in my house either. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. This both looks and sounds amazingly delicious! Thanks for the recipe, I know that my whole family will like it!

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